Godzilla on the rampage again

There’s a penchant for film directors making movies about cartoon monsters or superheroes to get all serious and claim that their works are rooted in reality. The latest culprit is Gareth Edwards who claims his next project is "grounded" and "realistic". Oh yeah and it’s about Godzilla.

Yes, the same Godzilla that rampaged through Tokyo and outlying suburbs in 28 films from 1954 to 2004, a crude metaphor for Japan’s post-atom bomb trauma. The giant lizard is not really the obvious subject matter for a Ken Loach-style naturalistic tale, but Edwards insists that will be his approach.

"I've always been interested in Godzilla and the ideas around him," he told Total Film. "I really wanted to see another Godzilla film and jumped at the opportunity. My main idea was to imagine 'If this really happened, what would it be like?' I want to take a grounded, realistic approach to a Godzilla film."

Sidestepping the obvious retort that the most "realistic" scenario would involve Godzilla not actually existing, Edwards spoke about bringing drama to the creature. "I've never worked this hard, this long and been this emotionally involved in something that's lasted only a few seconds since the time I lost my virginity!" he said. "But the reaction has been amazing and I can't wait for the fans to see our final product."

The use of the word 'product' is a little more indicative of the project’s commercial ambitions. The film has been scripted by David Callaham and superhero reboot specialist David Goyer. The new Godzilla is scheduled for release in 2014.

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